Belinda Granger has finished Top 10 at the Ironman World Championships five times, so she has a thing or two to say about bikes…
My bike is the 2013 Ceepo Katana with full SRAM Red components including
R2C shifters. Ceepo is distributed by bikecycle.co.nz.
The first time I rode it was in Taiwan, after the Taiwan 70.3 race. They had a demonstration bike for me to try, and it was love at first ride. I couldn’t wait to get my own. Obviously I have ridden many TT bikes in my time having been in the sport for over 20 years, but this was one of the nicest rides I’d had in a long time. Being female and not that tall, it is very difficult for me to find a 700c TT bike that truly fits, but this did perfectly.
I customised it by adding a pair of Zipp Firecrest clinchers – 404 on the front and 808 on the rear. I also use the Profile Design Svet Zero carbon base bar with ZBS S-bend extensions. I have also just been sent a pair of the SRAM Quarq Power Cranks, which I cannot wait to use. I ride 165 length cranks and have been waiting for Quarq to bring them out in this length.
I love it because it fits me like a glove and there are not too many top of the line TT bikes out there that are made for shorter girls like myself. It is a super stiff frame but still exceptionally comfortable. I can stay down on my aero bars for entire 5hr-plus rides.
My first bike ever was a Malvern Star road bike that my dad bought me. I still remember going to the local bike shop with dad and we picked it out together. My dad, to this day, is still my number one supporter.
My other bike is my road bike – the Ceepo Mamba. It’s super light and perfect for more technical rides. I love descending on this bike and riding in the bunch – a true crit bike!
The best ride I ever had was when I won Ironman Canada for the second time in 2008. I broke the bike course record that had been standing for years, and it is still unbeaten to this day. But even better than that, I’d never felt so good and so in the moment as I did for the entire 180km. It was one of the most enjoyable rides I have ever done.
My worst ride would have to be a ride I did while training with Brett Sutton in Leysin in the Swiss Alps. Nicola Spirig and I set out to do our regular 80km loop. When we left it was brilliant sunshine and 30 degrees. Half way through the ride, the clouds came over and the heavens opened up and the temperature dropped to a mere 5 degrees. I have never been so cold in all my life. We both battled through the rest of the ride together and hugged each other when we finally made it back to our home base.
I look after it by wiping it down after every ride (I always have a packet of cleaning wipes handy in the garage). It is extremely hot and humid here in Noosa and it is amazing how quickly sweat can destroy your equipment. I also send it for regular check-ups at Noosa Bike Shop. The boys there help keep it in pristine condition for me.
Look out for me racing in Australia and Asia this season. I am beginning the season with a race in Vietnam then over to Samui and then Taiwan. I love racing in Asia and they have some wonderful new events on the calendar this year. I will be racing a mixed bag including IM and 70.3, Challenge Full and Half Distances, and a few independent races.
Profession: Professional Triathlete
Lives in: Noosa, QLD
Best results: 14 IM distance titles including:
3x IM Korea; 3x IM Malaysia; 2x IM Canada; 1x IM China; 1x IM Lake Placid; Challenge Roth; 2x Challenge Wanaka